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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Seedy Circumstances

PARIS () -- Hard on the heels of the Atlanta Olympics, 50 athletes are preparing for the Melon Seed Spitters World Championship on Aug. 18.


Each competitor at Le Frechou, near Agen in southwest France, will be allowed three attempts to spit a seed in the village's "Melodrome" sports arena, trying to break the record of 10.29 meters set in 1995.


Spits have lengthened considerably since the 5.8 meters achieved in the inaugural competition 16 years ago.


The current champion,Bernard Ricard, 58, made the Guinness Book of World Records by breaking the 10-meter mark for the first time last year.


"You have to use the Frisbee technique, spitting out the seed so that it glides," Ricard said. "It requires a big intake of breath and it is vital to know which way the wind is blowing."